Funafuti, Tuvalu, Hit by Extreme High Tides [pictures]
by Silafaga Lalua (through
Copyright (C) Silafaga Lalua 2005 - All
Feb 8, 2005:
"Its that time of the year again when my tiny island nation gets hit once again
by strong winds and high tides.
5.00pm, Tuesday, Feb 8, 2005, found a lot of Tuvaluans on the capital island of
Funafuti watching the tides and wondering if this is truly the beginning of the
end of our tiny nation.
Waves crashed one metre away from the main road bringing rocks, debris of all
sorts right to the middle of the main road, slowing traffic and endangering the
lives of local people.
The seawalls that were constructed to be barriers from the wrath of the waves
and the sea stood no chance against the damages of the sea over the years, and
now they are only tatters of wire among debris along the shores.
Homes located on the narrower parts of the island experience flooding every time
the tides are high.
Sea water come flowing from the sea right into these people's properties, and
filling the burrow pits to the rims, others even overflowed. On the road it
comes up to mid-knee high for adults, a perfect spot for kids to play surf with
their makeshift boards, happily trailing after cars and vans that struggle to
reach dry land, but oblivious to the fact that these particular tides/floods are
creating BIG problems for all of us.
Our island is sinking together with our hearts. Maybe it's its destiny, but then
again, maybe it's not.
I for one do not want my island wiped out from the face of the earth, and I call
for help, from those in power who can do something to change our island's
situation. Your help and consideration will be treasured by every Tuvaluan
around the globe."
1-4, 7-8 Copyright (C) Silafaga Lalua 2005. Others Copyright as noted. Click on
images for enlargements.
November, 2004, Low Tide
(Copyright (c) Dr Mark Hayes, 2005)
late afternoon, Wednesday, February 9, 2005
(Copyright (C) Lomi Paeniu 2005).